AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of January 29, 2010 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, & Michele Montgomery 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1.  CSWA Sponsors Special Session at AAS 216th Meeting - Second Announcement 
 
2.  WIA Blogspot:  Words Matter 
 
3.  AAS Statement on Professional Ethics 
 
4.  Women of Color in Astronomy and Physics 
 
5.  Are You on the APS Women Speaker List? 
 
6.  What Works for Women in Physics? 
 
7.  Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize 
 
8.  Your Photo is Sought! 
 
9.  National Summit on Gender and the Postdoctorate 
 
9.  How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
10. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1.  CSWA Sponsors Special Sssion at AAS 216th Meeting - Second Announcement 
From:  Joan T Schmelz [jschmelzmemphis.edu] 
 
The Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy is sponsoring a   
special session at the 216th AAS meeting May 23-27 in Miami, FL on   
"Addressing Unconscious Bias."  It will be held on Monday, May 24 from   
10:00am-11:30am.  The confirmed speakers are Joan Schmelz (University   
of Memphis), Pat Knezek (NOAO), Caroline Simpson (Florida   
International University), and Michele Montgomery (University of   
Central Florida). 
 
We all have biases, and we are (for the most part) unaware of them. In   
general, men and women BOTH unconsciously devalue the contributions of   
women. This can have a detrimental effect on grant proposals, job   
applications, and performance reviews. Sociology is way ahead of   
astronomy in these studies. When evaluating identical application   
packages, male and female University psychology professors preferred   
2:1 to hire "Brian" over "Karen" as an assistant professor. When   
evaluating a more experienced record (at the point of promotion to   
tenure), reservations were expressed four times more often when the   
name was female. This unconscious bias has a repeated negative effect   
on Karen's career. Ref: Steinpreis, Anders, & Ritzke (1999) Sex Roles,   
41, 509. 
 
In this session, we want to introduce the concept of unconscious bias   
and also give recommendations on how to address it using an example   
for a faculty search committee. The process of eliminating unconscious   
bias begins with awareness, then moves to policy and practice, and   
ends with accountability. We plan to use the information from the   
University of Michigan Advance STRIDE web site as a guideline 
 
http://sitemaker.umich.edu/advance/stride . 
 
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2.  WIA Blogspot:  Words Matter 
From:  HannahWomen in Astronomy Blog, February 14, 2010 
 
Recently, a colleague sent an e-mail to all department members after   
he saw an article in the local paper describing a scientific success   
of one of our graduates. Another colleague replied to all of us with,   
"Our boys are really doing it!" 
 
I've thought a lot about this response over the past couple of days   
and even discussed it with my husband. It's not the first time (or   
even the first time this week) that I've had to play the role of the   
Word Police. 
 
[To read more on the Word Police, please see 
 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/] 
 
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3.  AAS Statement on Professional Ethics 
From:  AAS Electronic Announcement #205 - February 2010 
 
The AAS Statement on Professional Ethics (adopted by the AAS Council 8   
January 2010) is now available online 
 
http://aas.org/about/ethics_statement 
 
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4.  Women of Color in Astronomy and Physics 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
 
The Spring 2010 issue of Gazette, a newsletter of the American   
Physical Society (APS) Committee on the Status of Women in Physics   
(CSWP), features women of color in astronomy in physics.  It cites   
shocking statistics from 2008 such as 29 black women and 38 Latina   
faculty members of approximately 9100 fulltime equivalent faculty   
positions in 800 physics and astronomy departments.  The Spring 2010   
issue of the Gazette is available online at 
 
http://www.aps.org/programs/women/reports/gazette/index.cfm 
 
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5.  Are You on the APS Women Speaker List? 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
 
The APS maintains an online list of over 300 women physicists and   
astrophysicists who are willing to give colloquium or seminar talks.    
Are you on this list?  If not, you can add your name at 
 
http://www.aps.org/programs/women/speakers/enroll.cfm . 
 
Is your Physics or Science organization looking for a colloquium or   
seminar speaker?  To see a list of women speakers and topics, please see 
 
http://www.aps.org/programs/women/speakers/index.cfm . 
 
Does your physics or science organization need travel grant   
assistance?  APS has limited funding for the 2010-2011 academic year   
for physics organizations to invite women colloquium/seminar speakers   
who can also serve as role models for women undergraduates, graduate   
students, and faculty.  This program also recognizes the scientific   
accomplishements and contributions of these women physicists and   
astrophysicists.  Up to $500 will be reimbursed for travel expences.   
To see the qualifications, guidelines, and application form, please see 
 
http://www.aps.org/programs/women/speakers/travel-grants.cfm 
 
APS also has a companion program for minority speakers.  To find out   
more on minority speakers list and travel grant, please see 
 
http://www.aps.org/programs/minorities/speakers/index.cfm . 
 
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6.  What Works for Women in Physics? 
From:  WIPHYS February 16, 2010 
 
[An additional special event at the March APS Annual Meeting in   
Portland Oregon has been added since we last reported on this in   
AASWomen 01/08/10 -- eds.] 
 
Tuesday, March 16, 11:15am 2:15 pm        
Invited Session J5: What Works for Women in Physics: Lessons Learned   
from Research (Convention Center).  This session is sponsored by the   
Committee on the Status of Women in Physics and the Committee on   
Minorities. 
 
Please check dates and times of all events on the Meetings and hotel   
calendars, as they may change nearer the time! 
 
http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/index.cfm 
 
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7. Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize 
From:  AAS Electronic Announcement #205 - February 2010 
 
The Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize is a major new award in   
astronomy, astrophysics, and related sciences. It will be awarded to   
outstanding scientists of any nationality who have made significant   
contributions in the physical-mathematical sciences from any country.    
The prize totals U.S. $500,000 and will be given once every two years,   
starting with 2010. 
 
The deadline for nominations for the first award is 18 March 2010. For   
nomination guidelines and more information, see 
 
http://vaprize.sci.am. 
 
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8.  Your Photo is Sought! 
From:  WIPHYS February 12, 2010 
 
My name is Cristina Valeria Torres.  I'm a postdoc and I'm working on   
expanding a slide show of women scientists for an upcoming Sally Ride   
science festival (outreach event) in New Orleans.  For those of you   
who haven't heard of the Sally Ride festivals, the mission of these   
events is to engage young women/girls who are interested in the   
sciences.  I plan to use this slide show for more than just the Sally   
Ride event.  I also plan on using this slide show at our science   
education center (LIGO Livingston Observatory) when appropriate.  I   
would also be willing to share this slide show with other groups doing   
women oriented science outreach activities.  If anyone, knows a woman   
scientist (all fields welcome) who may be interested either send them   
an email, ask them to please email me(cristina.torresligo.org) or   
send me their email to contact them.  I'm collecting the following   
information from participants.    
 
1) An photo of you or you working, the cooler the better!   
(FirstLastName.jpg with face showing) 
2) Name 
3) Degree Earned 
4) Field 
5) 2 or 3 sentences of whatever content would be appropriate for girls   
5th grade and up (about yourself, about field, inspirational, etc.)  I   
need to fit each person to a single slide, and the picture is key. 
 
If you would like to participate please send me your reply by March   
8th.  If you are interested in learning more about the Sally Ride   
Festival, please see 
 
http://www.sallyridescience.com/festivals 
 
For this event please send your information to my work email   
cristina.torresligo.org  and use the subject line "Sally Ride   
Slide." 
 
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9.  National Summit on Gender and the Postdoctorate 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
 
The National Postdoctoral Association invites interested parties to   
attend the National Summit on Gender and the Postdoctorate, a meeting   
to be held March 10-11, 2010 in Philadelphia, PA.  The featured   
keynote speaker is Kathie Olsen, PhD and Senior Advisor of the   
National Science Foundation.  More information can be found at 
 
http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/advance-summit/ 
 
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